Review: Metro 2033

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Review: Metro 2033

Despite a load of good ideas, Metro 2033 doesn't quite make the grade.

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Horrid review. Simply horrid. The worst "official" review I've seen on this site, actually.

Metro 2033 has quite possibly the best stealth I've ever seen. It's better stealth than Splinter Cell: Conviction, imo.

Dirty Bullets "laughably weak"?

I don't know what your were playing, but I beat the game on Normal with little trouble. And never fired a single military grade round. Not even once. Towards the end, as a LOOTING MASTER, I had 700 SMG/Rifle rounds. 250 shotgun shells. 200 revolver rounds. And I used a lot of that on the "Librarians". Seriously. Those things suck. I had like 300 SMG rounds left after that level, and a few shotgun shells.

Oh, yeah. I managed to stealth through nearly every area that had human enemies. Often without killing ANYONE. This game doesn't hold your hand. I had to use trial and error to accomplish my stealth.

In fact, the only really bad element of the game were the amoeba...things towards the end.

I disagree with this review strongly. Feeling underpowered isn't a flaw, its a benefit. I'm sick of playing Rambo, vulnerability adds tension. Plus, they had a very famous novel to follow, they couldn't exactly let the player do whatever the heck they wanted.

If you're a narrative driven player, or just one who likes their shooters to be a little more difficult, you should really pick this one up.

EDIT - Also, I agree with Onyx, dirty rounds are all you need if you're careful. But don't spray and pray like you do in most shooters or you'll end up out of bullets altogether.

I don't think this was quite the spiritual successor to STALKER that I was hoping it would be, but it's an interesting experiment nonetheless.

If this review has any relation to my opinion of it, then this shall be a solid rental.

Based on this review, the game sounds a lot like Far Cry. Broken stealth mechanics, underpowered weapons and overpowered mutants do not make a particularly good game - regardless of graphical fidelity and physics engine complexity. The underdeveloped characters and themes just reek of generic shooter to me, so I'll give it a miss.

The source material at least sounds interesting, though.

Blackadder51:
Uh im getting a 404 on the link

That would be because the article technically wasn't published. It's up now.

Yeah, Nils first video review (i think, correct me if I'm wrong)

anyways, this seems so... done before. from the look and sound of it it's just another generic FPS, among the many others, nothing makes it stand out.

Crunchy English:
I disagree with this review strongly. Feeling underpowered isn't a flaw, its a benefit. I'm sick of playing Rambo, vulnerability adds tension. Plus, they had a very famous novel to follow, they couldn't exactly let the player do whatever the heck they wanted.

If you're a narrative driven player, or just one who likes their shooters to be a little more difficult, you should really pick this one up.

EDIT - Also, I agree with Onyx, dirty rounds are all you need if you're careful. But don't spray and pray like you do in most shooters or you'll end up out of bullets altogether.

Spot on.

Metro: 2033 does a very good job of keeping the player feeling edgy and vulnerable, which is important when the whole point of the game is that Artyom has been sent on a mission that he's totally unprepared for.

I don't feel this is a bad game at all, I feel the review has missed the point.

I also completely disagree with this review! I have ONE bad thing to say about this game, and that is the aiming is not as smooth as it could be. But that was MINOR compared to the awesome atmosphere, the (imo) suitably depressed voice overs of artyom, the extremely fast loading times, the awesome graphic, the fantastic! incorporation of gas masks and night vision goggles, the varied gameplay between stealth, shooting and dealing with mutants...

It seems the reviewer is angry because he wasnt particulary good at it. Granted the stealth sections can be hard since there is no quicksave in this game...but that just makes it more exciting! And you dont HAVE to stealth, you can whip out your weapons and fire away if you want to.

I advice people to try it out and dont judge the game on this review, it completely misses the mark.

is the escapist have an office in The UK now? it the first time i heard some one outside the states do a review on this site. (besides zero punctuation)

Onyx Oblivion:
Horrid review. Simply horrid. The worst review I've seen on this site, actually.

Metro 2033 has quite possibly the best stealth I've ever seen. It's better stealth than Splinter Cell: Conviction, imo.

Dirty Bullets "laughably weak"?

I don't know what your were playing, but I beat the game on Normal with little trouble. And never fired a single military grade round. Not even once. Towards the end, as a LOOTING MASTER, I had 700 SMG/Rifle rounds. 250 shotgun shells. 200 revolver rounds. And I used a lot of that on the "Librarians". Seriously. Those things suck. I had like 300 SMG rounds left after that level, and a few shotgun shells.

Oh, yeah. I managed to stealth through nearly every area that had human enemies. Often without killing ANYONE.

In fact, the only really bad element of the game were the amoeba...things towards the end.

Woah. Just because you disagree with the review, doesn't make it "horrid". And trust me, you'll find way worse in the User Reviews section.

OT: I haven't actually played the game so I can't really comment on how true the facts are. I wasn't really intending to buy this anyway, and I'm still unchanged.

I'm really sick of constant grey shooters. Imma go play TF2.

I agree with the review.

I really enjoyed the game, but, I do certainly agree with the review...the game could have been done so much better

I loved the inclusion of the Nazi's lol, hilarious

someboredguy:

Onyx Oblivion:
*snip*

Woah. Just because you disagree with the review, doesn't make it "horrid". And trust me, you'll find way worse in the User Reviews section.

Oh god. I disagree completely. And yes, I meant in the "offical review" capacity. The ones from the "staff".

I've seen MUCH worse in User Reviews.

Eric the Orange:
nothing makes it stand out.

Except the atmosphere, which is one of the best I've experienced in shooters recently.

It seems to me that the reviewer rushed through the game and focused too much on slight technical things(no prone or lean? seriously, that's a problem?) and missed a lot of the actual game.

FPS elements are admittedly a bit clunky, but nowhere near as bad as the reviewer suggest. Stealth is actually pretty decent, and the game overall is really not hard(I haven't fired a single round of military grade ammo on normal and I only died a couple of times).

Regarding story, I for one think the game doesn't need giant flashing sings or expositions that explain absolutely every single detail of everything that's going on, it's nice to see a game that keeps a little mystery and lets you draw your own conclusions.

So, I guess chalk this comment up as another one in the disagree strongly column.

zombie711:
is the escapist have an office in The UK now? it the first time i heard some one outside the states do a review on this site. (besides zero punctuation)

Nope; they get freelance articles for the weekly issue form across the world, and several news writers from past and present live outside the States.

I'm enjoying the game, but I'm preferring the book. The characters and some situations are the same, but the book has more parts like the Ghosts level, where it's actually the tunnels themselves that are the adversary. There's very little in the way of actual action so far, it's more a psychological journey.

Decent review. You covered a lot of the points that as a whole took away from the game, but the thing that I noticed is that this game is weird in that it looks different to different people, not in a "I dislike X type game but like A" but in a "I see a square while someone else sees a circle" way. For instance another poster mentioned their stealthing the humans (kudos by the way, I got caught every single damn time) was the way they played the game while you said you felt that the game lent itself to more a run and gun type game, but when I played it I got the idea that this went for the slightly more realistic feel, the use of the gas mask, weak ammo and health making this game seem more like a survival or realism game, and since it was released as fps/survival horror game I thought it did this really well. For instance the ammo seemed underpowered to me but I felt that they wanted you to have to fight every battle slowly, using a dart gun to pick off the first few guys silently then going all out with the AK.

Other than that, I felt you got a lot right, I thought the story was a bit iffy as well and totally agree on their misuse of atmosphere, always pushing us forward taking away a lot from what could have been a better game.

As a last point: 2 stars? Ouch. I disliked parts but thats a downright head-butt, specially to a developers first game, maybe not as individuals but as a group its definitely a fantastic first release.

Don't think about this review too much . Try the game . You might love it . I do

Based on the video supplement the reviewer isn't very good at shooters. Standing in wide open spaces and randomly shooting, with very bad accuracy, at the enemies is not the way to survive. No wonder he died as many times as he said he did.

I myself beat the game on hard and only found a few difficult areas which is common. As many others said, you really don't have to use the military grade ammo to beat the game, I used it only at the very end when I ran out of regular ammo.

Also, the stealth is pretty good and the complaining how once you are discovered everybody will know where you are. Well, that's because they are searching for you, when you know that your opponent is somewhere as opposed to just walking around it is much easier to spot someone. And it was easy to get stealthy kills using the throwing knives or that dart gun.

Though I would have to agree on some of the parts of the review. The story wasn't very well told, could have been much better. Also, most of the inhabited (human) locations were really underdeveloped. You finally fight your way out of the tunnels filled with joy when you see a friendly face and then a loading screen and you immediately have to leave. No chance to do anything except buy stuff for the journey ahead. Aryom is in a hurry but this part could have used more interaction and showcasing as it offers a nice change from the dreary subway.

But definitely not 2 stars.

zombie711:
is the escapist have an office in The UK now? it the first time i heard some one outside the states do a review on this site. (besides zero punctuation)

i noticed that too, im grateful to actually hear another UK voice aside from ZPs. no offence to all the americans, canadians and australians, but they are all i hear
OT: the game would be better if it was more sandbox. you know, taking missions to the surface, earning money and slowing the pace of the story a bit. the speed that the levels go by make it lose a it of atmosphere. the limited ammo overall makes it suck a bit
my major problem is with the collision - enemies constantly stand IN you as they melee you, and your shots then miss until you run away then turn around, it makes it a lot easier to let your allies kill most enemies
I LOVED THE STEALTH
shoot out a light. two guys come to investigate, then shoot/stab both of them!
overall, i would give it 3.5/5. you are right, it does miss some polish, and some areas are lacking, such as a lack of freedom and the story moves too fast

Given that a lot of people are saying they're liking this, it seems like the game reviewer isn't a fan of underpowered heroes in FPSs. While I might have a problem if this were say Crisis where the loaded onto the game trailer has you picking up people in the middle of a hail of bullets and throwing them away when the game itself will have you sneaking around in your power armor instead, I'd say that it may work here. Also, while I didn't really like Fallout 3 (didn't really do it for me) the whole survival element where you have to scavenge and choose what you want and what you need to make it in the world appealed to me, and it looks like this game has something similar going on. I may give it a rental, if only because of the other users here, but that's all I can say I'd do.

Hm...

The reviewers say its not that great, yet many, many gamers say its great.
I'ma have to go with the gamers on this one. After all, they're what introduced me to the sexiness that is S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
Thank you

Decent reviews, but the things you described sound like they could actually provide a challenge. After all the damn shooters where I'm basically a god, I long for something that will gladly kick my ass. Like S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

If one more person says the librarians take too many bullets to kill, ima smack them.

edit: Maybe I should have specified that if you stare at the faces of the lybrarian without shooting, they don't attack you.

From what I played of it, it really seemed that the game was built around the idea of using that new 3d whatnot. Overall I was pretty meh by it but then again I only got up to the third or fourth level at my friends.

I found this to be a great game. I didn't think too highly of the stealth, but then I'm of the opinion that no game besides the Thief series has done stealth correctly yet. The story was a bit weak and underdeveloped, but was good enough for a FPS. Let's face it, a lot of FPS' have much less story than this game! I actually enjoyed the weaker feeling of the weapons, given that they were supposed to be ancient, primitive and/or cobbled together. I have to admit not understanding what the author was saying about them being incredibly weak, I found a single shotgun blast would do for most of the opponents in the game. It wasn't until later that I started to run into mutants who could take a lot more punishment than that.

So, I find I disagree with the original author a bit, though he has a couple of good points. I'd give it more a 3.5 or so, it's a lot better than a 2 star game. It's not Half-Life, but it's still fun.

Onyx Oblivion:
Horrid review. Simply horrid. The worst "official" review I've seen on this site, actually.

Metro 2033 has quite possibly the best stealth I've ever seen. It's better stealth than Splinter Cell: Conviction, imo.

Dirty Bullets "laughably weak"?

I don't know what your were playing, but I beat the game on Normal with little trouble. And never fired a single military grade round. Not even once. Towards the end, as a LOOTING MASTER, I had 700 SMG/Rifle rounds. 250 shotgun shells. 200 revolver rounds. And I used a lot of that on the "Librarians". Seriously. Those things suck. I had like 300 SMG rounds left after that level, and a few shotgun shells.

Oh, yeah. I managed to stealth through nearly every area that had human enemies. Often without killing ANYONE. This game doesn't hold your hand. I had to use trial and error to accomplish my stealth.

In fact, the only really bad element of the game were the amoeba...things towards the end.

This. In fact I've seen from past threads that we sit eye to eye on pretty much everything about this game. It isn't the best game, but it is one hell of a ride. It's a blast to stealth around, because not only is the stealth system fair, it's realistic. Every person you meet is going to be cautious, when they see something or someone they aren't just gonna say "oh he's gone now it's safe." No they will find you and kill you before they relax. Can't tell you how many times I was stealthing through an area, got sloppy and stood in too much light, or got sloppy and stepped on some glass, or over a tripwire. It's fantastic, and quite possibly one of the best stealth systems on the market.

someboredguy:

Onyx Oblivion:
Horrid review. Simply horrid. The worst review I've seen on this site, actually.

Metro 2033 has quite possibly the best stealth I've ever seen. It's better stealth than Splinter Cell: Conviction, imo.

Dirty Bullets "laughably weak"?

I don't know what your were playing, but I beat the game on Normal with little trouble. And never fired a single military grade round. Not even once. Towards the end, as a LOOTING MASTER, I had 700 SMG/Rifle rounds. 250 shotgun shells. 200 revolver rounds. And I used a lot of that on the "Librarians". Seriously. Those things suck. I had like 300 SMG rounds left after that level, and a few shotgun shells.

Oh, yeah. I managed to stealth through nearly every area that had human enemies. Often without killing ANYONE.

In fact, the only really bad element of the game were the amoeba...things towards the end.

Woah. Just because you disagree with the review, doesn't make it "horrid". And trust me, you'll find way worse in the User Reviews section.

OT: I haven't actually played the game so I can't really comment on how true the facts are. I wasn't really intending to buy this anyway, and I'm still unchanged.

The review is horrid though. Just the line "it feels like you should be able to run and gun" makes this review bad IMO. I haven't actually played the game so I don't know what it actually feels like, but from what I've seen and read so far(which is a lot because I'm strongly considering to buy this game), it definitely did not seem that "run and gun" gameplay was intended.

SirDerick:
If one more person says the librarians take too many bullets to kill, ima smack them.

edit: Maybe I should have specified that if you stare at the faces of the lybrarian without shooting, they don't attack you.

Good to know, when I first met one, that's pretty much what I assumed, considering he and I had a Chronicles of Riddick staring contest before I pooed my pants and panic shot it with my AK...

Onyx Oblivion:

In fact, the only really bad element of the game were the amoeba...things towards the end.

I'm at that bit now.

DAMNNIT MAN RUN. NO, CAUTION IS BAD. RUN YOU GODDAMN TROGLODYTE.

I haven't played for about a week because of those fucking things.

The Cheezy One:

zombie711:
is the escapist have an office in The UK now? it the first time i heard some one outside the states do a review on this site. (besides zero punctuation)

i noticed that too, im grateful to actually hear another UK voice aside from ZPs. no offence to all the americans, canadians and australians, but they are all i hear

We're an American company. It's really so surprising to hear American accents from the staff?

Hm. Alot of people here praise Metro. It looks damn interesting. I'll have to look into it fast. Looks great and actually seems to pose a challenge. Which reminds me, I have to play STALKER!

Hazy:
I don't think this was quite the spiritual successor to STALKER that people

Who thought it was going to be a spiritual successor? Even I know they're completely different and I haven't played either.

OT: Well, this is one incredibly harsh review compared to what others have given it. I'm still going to check it out (eventually).

Oh, and for the love of God if a game's primary platform is the PC then can we please review it on that?

The review is missing the banner on the homepage.

Also the review seems to only focus on the bad. I haven't played Metro 2033 and don't plan on doing so, but i hear most of people who did liked it, and loads of other reviewers gave it good reviews weeks ago, so there is something fishy here.

Also:

Woodsey:

Oh, and for the love of God if a game's primary platform is the PC then can we please review it on that?

this.

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